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Wednesday News, July 17th


Biden Talks Rural Health Care At Floyd Valley

(Le Mars) — Running an hour and forty-five minutes late, former Vice President Joe Biden toured Floyd Valley Healthcare yesterday afternoon, and then sat down at a round table discussion with Floyd Valley staff.
Approximately, 30 people were allowed to sit in on the round table that focused on rural health care. The round table visit lasted for approximately 40 minutes. Discussion began with the growing mental health cases. Biden called the nation’s mental health dilemma as a serious, serious matter, and he says
with many cases it links with the opioid problems.

Biden continued to explain to the group his plan to help mental health patients.

Many people may wonder how would such a proposal would be paid. Biden says there is a way to finance his plan to have mental health nurses receive free training.

Biden says we also need to get rid of the stigma attached to mental health.

Other topics that were discussed involved having health care costs affordable for all, especially if the patient requires additional care than what health insurance covers? Attention was also focused on care for veterans.



Floyd Valley Doctor Participates In The Round Table Discussion With Biden

(Le Mars) — Dr. Andrew Geha, a family physician, was among Floyd Valley Healthcare staff that participated in the round table discussion with the former vice president. Geha asked about keeping healthcare affordable for all, especially if the patient requires additional testing, analysis, or procedures beyond the coverage of the patient’s health insurance.



Rexwinkle Announces He Will Not Seek Re-election To City Council

(Le Mars) — At the Le Mars City Council meeting held on Tuesday, Councilman John Rexwinkle announced that he will not be seeking re-election. Rexwinkle has served on the city council for the last 20 years.



Nurses File Lawsuit Against Governor Reynolds And The State

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – A group of nurses working at Iowa prisons and other state-run facilities who have not been paid overtime for two years have sued the state and Gov. Kim Reynolds.
The five women filing suit say the state is violating federal and
state laws. They are seeking class-action status on behalf of as many as 700 registered nurses working for state agencies.
The state court lawsuit filed June 28 seeks an order requiring the
state to pay overtime going forward, past unpaid compensation and other damages and costs.
The women said Monday the state refuses to pay registered nurses for overtime even though their jobs require them to work beyond 40 hours a week and other nurses working with them are paid overtime.
A spokesman says the governor declines to comment.



Former DHS Director Has Affiliation Of Rapper Singer

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) – Emails show that the director of the Iowa Department of Human Services had an obsession with the late rapper Tupac Shakur during a 2-year tenure before the governor requested his resignation last month.
Jerry Foxhoven hosted weekly “Tupac Fridays” to listen to music in his office. He sent Tupac lyrics about love and change to inspire employees and he marked his own 65th birthday with Tupac-themed cookies.
While some employees praised his Tupac fixation, one complained to lawmakers last year. Reynolds surprised Foxhoven by telling him to resign one day after Foxhoven had emailed his employees asking them to celebrate Tupac’s birthday.
A Reynolds spokesman says “a lot of factors” went into the decision to seek Foxhoven’s resignation.



Three People Killed At Des Moines

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – Police are investigating the deaths of three people found inside a Des Moines residence.
The bodies were found around 11 p.m. Tuesday by officers sent to the Laurel Village apartments complex. The names of the deceased, their relationships and the causes of their deaths have not been released.
Police say the deaths are being investigated as homicides. No arrests have been reported.



Georgia Woman Sentenced To Prison After Using Identities Of University Of Iowa Employees To Obtain Tax Returns

DAVENPORT, Iowa (AP) – A Georgia woman who used the identities of dozens of University of Iowa employees to fraudulently collect more than $450,000 in tax returns has been sentenced to federal prison.
Federal prosecutors for Iowa say 39-year-old Nadine Robinson, of Atlanta, was sentenced Monday to 10 years in prison for conspiracy to commit money laundering.
Prosecutors say Robinson was the owner of a check cashing business in Georgia that she used to launder hundreds of money orders bought with stolen tax refunds. Prosecutors say in all, Robinson passed more than $5 million in fraudulently-obtained funds through the account during March and April of 2015.
Robinson also was ordered to forfeit a house she bought in Atlanta with the stolen money.